What in the world is this? I swear I'm only finishing this book because if has to get better. I refuse to believe I wasted my credits on this? How can you make a bad story where the main character can teleport? We'll lets see. 1. Remove his ability to use his powers. 2. Try and make the reader care about the character. 3. Add a weird homeless woman that stutters and has a weird name. 4. Give someone else the same powers as the main character (for no reason). 5. Do nothing with the story. 6. I had to look up the author because I couldn't believe this got published. 7. The joke is on me.
Every other sentence the narrator took a large breath. Hey Pete, why didm' t you add some open mouthed chewing to the loud breathing, that would have been the cherry on my ear sunday!
From tedious dialog to sloppy transitions this is one of the worst books I've listened to in a long time. How some people become published authors is beyond my understanding. Well done Christopher Farnsworth. You've beat the system and made money doing it.
I bought this because I liked the 5th Wave, and this book sounded cool. Great concept, a Monster Hunter! Except there were only three monster scenes. This book should have been called the clichemologist. The dialog was clumsy, characters were made up of overused catch phrases (Snap too! Snap too!) and it felt really forced. I could write so much more about how bad this book was, but just thinking about it is bringing up bad memories. p.s. The title is not spelled right. Monster and ology are the two words the author is putting together. Ology is Greek, meaning the Study of knowledge. So why is it spelled with 'RUM' like a guitar sound. When it should really be Monsterology or Monsterologist. The title is so sloppy!
One of the best, most believable spy books ever written. The story, speed and depth of plot is perfect.
This is how a books need to be written. From page 1 you were already in the story trying to figure out what's going on. The setup, character development, etc., etc., was laced into the plot making the story fun and fast paced.
On a side note, I went to Barnes and Noble to pick up a hard copy but they didn't carry it. Only special order, if I wanted to wait, I didn't. Strange how great books aren't recognized but others like Twilight sell (one of the biggest literary failures in the history of publishing).
The stars aligned when Jonathan Stroud's words met Simon Jones' voice. By far one of the all time best trilogies ever written. The story and narration is so fluid hours go by like minutes.
I've tried other books by JS and they were way below the entertainment standards of the Bartimaeus Trilogy. But even if these are the best JS has to offer it is a literary masterpiece. Whenever I'm board I can always go back to TBT and it's still fresh and fun.
This is one of my favorite single books of all time. Who is Ernest Cline and when is his next book coming out. If you are a fan of pop-culture, technology and video games this might be the greatest book ever written. How cool would it be to live in this world. I'd have one awesome avatar. Something dark with dual curving swords attached to his back and I'd specialize in magic: 99th level indeed.
PS: Red cover is alright, but if you buy a hard copy check out the black cover. Makes me think of Qbert.
I encourage you to skip ahead whenever it gets boring. You won't miss anything. I've gone through 16 hours of filler. At first I was angry. Was this what I waited for? Seven years from the release of book 2 to the end (which should have been book 3, that whole "I had too big of a story to end it", and "it's already done I'm just splitting the book in two" lies we got from Paolini on that Youtube video; you’re lucky if you didn’t see it…
I digress: Is it me or is Paolini’s writing getting worse? Book one was real good, book 2 not so much and book 3 was terrible (nothing happened in the whole book). I’m starting to wonder if Mr. and Mrs. Paolini didn’t rewrite that whole first book for young master Christopher.
Hundreds and hundreds of pages should have been left on the editing room floor (shame on you Michelle Frey), this book is a total disappointment and I’m not even done….I’m skipping chapters like crazy and not losing any ground.
From the beginning of the narration I was irritated. Roy mixed up his character voices from the first time around. He used voices form characters that were killed. He also pronounced character names differently. Ex. Instead of Brienne (Bry-een) Roy calls her (Brian).
When George R. R. Martin was writing this book he didn't remember every name, character description etc., so he went back, checked his work and wrote the book. So why is it that whenever a new narrator picks up another narrators work in the middle of a series they use different pronunciations? It is really disrespectful to the author and listener. Have some respect for the craft. And for Roy to come back after so many years and forgetting his voices and what he called Georges characters is extremely unprofessional. This is a great book but weird narration.
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